the 13 September (my 22nd birthday) we were on our way
to 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica. I travelled with
my father and when we finaly touched down and were outside
the airport I was asked by the taxi-driver if I wanted
to stop on the way to see Peter Tosh's tomb. At the
time I didn't know too much about him, but I knew he
was a friend and brother of Bobs so I said - "Yeah,
sure i'd love to."
We were met by a man holding a big bag of ganja, he
was a nephew of Peter. He led me into Peters tomb were
he asked me if I smoked herb. I said, "Sure"
and he pulled out a spliff and we shared it. The conversation
was simple. He asked me were I came from and how did
know Peter, he then asked me did I own any of his Albums;
I only had one then - 'Legalize it'.
When we finished we went outside where my Dad took
this picture of us. I thanked him for showing me around,
and said goodbye to him as we left for Bobs house in
we got there we took a tour with a group of tourists,
I was in the actual room were he was ambushed in 1976!
After being through most of the house including his
bedroom we watched a 20 min segment of the 'Time Will
Tell' video in the private cinema beside the house,
which brought the tour to an end.
We stayed the night in a hotel in Ochio Rios. I had
one more thing to see in Jamaica, and that was Bobs
final resting place in a village called Nine Miles,
his birthplace. The next morning we drove up the country
to the hills of Nine Miles.
When we arrived at Bobs birthplace we were greeted
by some Rasta guides and we asked about a tour. Like,
Hope Road we were taken all around the house where Bob
spent the early years of his life. Unlike Kingston there
was a feeling of total calm and peace in the air. Then
finally I was taken into Bobs final resting place. Like
Peters, the coffin was in the center of the room, where
it was placed 7ft above the ground.
The feeling I got was not one of sadness but a feeling
of respect for this man who had done so much for so
many people. Then as I sat there deep in thought one
of the Rasta guides handed me a guitar, and said it
was Bobs first hand made guitar. When it came to the
end of the tour we were taken back to the guest room
of the house were Bobs 'Time Will Tell' video was being
played non-stop. While there, I felt the freedom to
wander round when I was led to the back porch, where
there was an incredible view of the surrounding village
of Nine Miles.
I remember sitting there with a spliff that I asked
one of the Rasta guides to roll for me. I just sat,
smiling and thinking of where I was and how I got there
- just by listening to the words of 'the higher man'.
After our two day trip we arrived back in Negril where
we still had the time to watch a few more sunsets and
managed to get a couple of locals to take us to a Ganja
field in the hills around Negril which was a nice way
to end the visit to this beautiful country.
Since my trip to Jamaica, which I consider the best
experience I've had in this lifetime; I have since travelled
to Boston (many times as my sister works there) to see
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers perform - another
uplifting experience. I have also been to the UK to
see Damian Marley in concert.
father, like sons! The Marley brothers are all very
good individually (they each seem to have a recognisable
part of Bobs personality and style to them); but together
they are amazing. The messages that Bob was spreading
through his music and his philosophies just keep growing
through his children and the many followers of Bob Marley!
It reminds me of a song that Ziggy sings 'Are U Getting
I went to Dublin to see the Wailers band perform a
couple of times, but that's another story... and there's
been many more since!
Use the navigation pane on the right to see pictures
and reviews to the many Marley brothers concert I have